Jaws of Life Rescue from Firebird Wreck
Des Moines, Iowa
I was trapped in the car for around 2 hours because the piece of metal
I had in my legs would not cut with the tools the fire department were using.
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Hello, My name is Jeramy McMillen and this is my story.
It was around 8:30 PM February 3, 2001, I was at my friend Andy's house having a party. I am not much of a drinker and I am normally the D D as I was this night. My friend, Josh, was about to get off work so I got the keys to Andy's 1995 Fire bird formula and headed out. His work was not more than a 20 min drive. It was dark and a bit hazy as well as very slick that night. I was heading north on 48th street in Des Moines, IA. This was a drive I had made many times in the past but this time turned out to be terribly different from all the others.
I was traveling at approx 45 to 50 mph, the speed limit on this street was 35. I noticed a person walking out of the corner of my eye, it appeared as though he was going to step out in to the street. I was spooked, so I swerved to miss him. Due to the fact that I was not used to the quick steering of this sporty car, I way over steered and the car began to spin on the icy road. I hit a large snow drift on the side of the road and it launched me in to the air. I then struck a telephone pole with the drivers side of the car, almost directly in the drivers door. The heavy car severed the pole and I continued my horrifying ride. The car flipped twice and came to rest on its side in the front yard of a house a block away.
It was mere minutes before the rescue personnel arrived, and they began working to extricate me from the car. Both of my legs were trapped by the door and the dash of the car. I had a steal rod from inside the door shoved through both of my legs right below the knee. I was trapped in the car for around 2 hours because the piece of metal I had in my legs would not cut with the tools the fire department were using. The trauma team responded and surgically removed me from the car. I spent over 3 weeks in the hospital and suffered from a broken left femur, left tibia, left fibula, right tibia. The right fibula was not broken but was violently removed from the knee causing permanent loss of control of my right foot. I am now up and walking and preparing to return to work after 7 months.
I want to give thanks to God, the Des Moines fire department, and my seat belt for saving my life. I would also like to thank my family and friends for being a constant support throughout this personal tragedy. And finally,
I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Steven Taylor for saving my legs and making it so I can once again walk (despite his original doubts).
THANKS FOR LISTENING TO MY STORY
Jeramy Mc. Submitted October 3, 2001
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